A letter to my third child.

I call you my daughter, but you could be a boy. My son. My sun.

I think about you every day; the child that I want so badly. You’re the possibility. The maybe. Still, I feel you and think about you constantly. Ben wants to meet you, but Noah is unsure. He thrives on certainty and routine, but I know that he’ll love you. He’ll probably love you the most. Daddy says he’s not sure, but every time we talk about you, the right corner of his mouth turns up. He doesn’t know that I can see it, his excited anticipation. He’d love you as soon as you exist, and if you’re a girl… I know that he’ll dote over you like his first love. You’d love him straight away too. He’s such a fun dad. Such a good dad. A really good man.

I wonder how you’ll fit in here. I wanted to meet you two years ago. I wanted to have you last year, and then this year again. I want to meet you right now, but I worry. Will I be a good mom to you? Will you get enough of our time and attention? What if I don’t know how to be a mom to a daughter. What if we fight. What if I can’t protect you. How do I stop your heart from breaking? Maybe we won’t have anything in common. Maybe we’ll be exactly the same.

You already have a name. You’re either Samuel or Bethany. Maybe you’re a Julia. Or a Sebastian. Or Holden or Maree. I see a little girl with long curly brown hair and green eyes. Dad’s eyes. He’s so scared that you’ll get his nose. He hates his nose. I don’t even know what I’d do with a girl. I wonder how different it would be. I hope it wouldn’t be lonely for you, with two brothers. Maybe you’ll be a boy, my Sam. Maybe you’ll really love having two older, fiery and energetic brothers. I bet they’ll fuss over you every day, those two. Soon they’ll be able to read you stories and tell you all about the world. I bet they’d love that.

I keep feeling you. Hearing you.

I have one or two things to do before we meet. Things that will make me a better person, a better mother. I need to calm my storms because your brothers are real firecrackers, and I’m enjoying this rest. I’m getting to know them right now. They’re so wonderful, so kind. You’d really like them.

I’ll think about you again another day, another moon, another moment. I know you’re there, so I won’t be long.

 

I hope you’ll wait for me.

 

13 Comments
  • stephanie videira

    September 1, 2015 at 6:44 pm Reply

    Lovely 🙂 and hope u meet him or her soon

  • Jimina

    September 1, 2015 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Just had my third. A little girl. The other two are 5 and 7. Enjoying the big age gap and the total craziness of it all.

    Enjoy Paris!

    • Natasha Clark

      September 1, 2015 at 6:59 pm Reply

      Congratulations! So jealous. So happy for you x

  • Russell Bishop

    September 1, 2015 at 7:05 pm Reply

    Happy Days. I wonder too

    • Natasha Clark

      September 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm Reply

      But Adam is so wonderful all on his own! x

  • Helena

    September 1, 2015 at 7:10 pm Reply

    Sobbing! That was just beautiful x

  • Mareli Schwartz

    September 1, 2015 at 7:32 pm Reply

    Surreal to read my exact thoughts right here, right now…

  • Caley Rosenberg

    September 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm Reply

    Wow! What an emotional and moving post. I am so excited for you Natasha – you are an amazing mom and I cannot wait to see what/who is in store for you x

  • Christine

    September 1, 2015 at 9:03 pm Reply

    Those last 4 lines are so moving! They sum up my thoughts… I wish you the best in your adventures to come!

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